#2 of 6 HTH Structures
Critique is a key structure used at HTH to help students create beautiful work. Inspired by Ron Berger’s book, An Ethic of Excellence: Building a Culture of Craftsmanship with Students, many teachers at HTH encourage students to give each other specific, helpful, and kind feedback as they refine their work. Students conduct critiques on drafts of writing, early iterations of science projects, preliminary sketches, project proposals, and more. Some HTH teachers also use critique as a way of helping students articulate standards of quality for their work. Together, the class uses critique to generate a common rubric for their final products.
Critique of Sketches
Britt Shirk (9th Grade Humanities) teaches her students to use the critique process as a way of refining their sketches.
Ron Berger Critique
Tom Fehrenbacher (11th Grade Humanities) uses positive, helpful, and specific critique as a way of helping students develop standards of quality for their final products.
Gallery Critique Instructions
Part 1: Marisol Franco (9th/10th Grade Spanish) explains the instructions for a Gallery Critique.
Gallery Critique Sentence Starters
Part 2: Marisol Franco (9th/10th Grade Spanish) models sentence starters for a Gallery Critique.
Gallery Critique in Action
Part 3 of a Gallery Critique: Marisol Franco’s 9th/10th Grade Spanish students conduct a Gallery Critique. At the end of the video, students debrief the gallery critique process.
Tara Giannini (10th Grade Art) models the specific, descriptive language she wants her students to use during a critique session.
Warm and Cool Feedback
Angie Guerrero (11th Grade Humanities) prepares her students for critique by eliciting definitions and examples of warm and cool feedback.
Tuning Protocol Instructions
Part 1: Jenny Morris (11th Grade Biology) explains the tuning protocol students will use to give and receive feedback on their project proposals.
Tuning Protocol in Action
Part 2: Students of Jenny Morris (11th Grade Biology) and John Bosselman (11th Grade Humanities) use a tuning protocol to give each other feedback on their project proposals.
Ted Cuevas’s 9th Grade Physics/Math students use a gallery critique to give each other feedback on their light box creations. At the end, students debrief the process.
Gallery Critique for Essays
Mark Aguirre’s 9th Grade Humanities students do a Gallery Critique to give several rounds of feedback on another class period’s art history essays.
Angie Guerrero (11th Grade Humanities) facilitates small group and whole class discussions that lead to the creation of a rubric for the students’ storyboards.
Sample Critique Form
Britt Shirk (9th Grade Humanities): A critique form with model sentence starters for offering warm and cool feedback
Gallery Critique Form
Marisol Franco (9th/10th Grade Spanish): Feedback form for a gallery critique
Completed Gallery Critique Form
Marisol Franco (9th/10th Grade Spanish): A completed feedback form from a gallery critique
Completed Critique Form
Tara Giannini (10th Grade Art): A completed feedback form from a gallery critique
Angie Guerrero (11th Grade Humanities): Critique sheet for offering kind, specific, and helpful feedback
Powerpoint with Critique Instructions
Britt Shirk (9th Grade Humanities): Instructions for a Class Critique Session
Ron Berger Butterfly Slides
Slides showing the refinement of a drawing through critique
Project Tuning Protocol
Norms and step-by-step instructions for a project tuning session
Proposal tuning protocol
Jenny Morris (11th Grade Biology) and John Bosselman (11th Grade Humanities): Tuning protocol for initial drafts of a project proposal